Dateline: Week Of July 15, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Bush names John G. Roberts Jr., a federal appellate judge as choice to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
The launch of the space shuttle discovery is pushed back into late next week after NASA managers decide they could no longer hold engineers and launch workers in a continual countdown status.
The Iraqi Special Tribunal in charge of trying Saddam Hussein for alleged war crimes announce that it had completed its investigation into the first case to be brought against the former Iraqi leader after reviewing piles of documents and interviewing a number of witnesses.
In Baghdad – a man with a bomb strapped to his waist walked up to a fuel tanker and blows himself up, killing 60.
Canada signs gay marriage legislation into law, becoming the fourth nation to grant full legal rights to same-sex couples.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California dismissed criticism of his $8 million consulting deal with a magazine publisher, saying its much ado about nothing.
Responding to militant attacks - Israeli forces kill six Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank with missile strikes and gunfire.
Passing – Edward Heath (89) – Former British Prime Minister.
Technology News – July 15, 2005
Microsoft Corp. says it would buy FrontBridge Technologies Inc., its second acquisition this year of an e-mail anti-virus protection provider. FrontBridge provides an outsourcing service that allows companies to have their e-mails and instant messaging scanned before they reach internal corporate networks. FrontBridge allows companies to back up their messages and comply with regulations.
In its latest version of iTunes, Apple says it now supports podcasts – the ever-growing audio information source.
E-Bay reports a 53% jump in second-quarter profit. Shares rose 14% to $39.82 in trading.
Hidden sex scenes - Retailers begin to pull copies of “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” after the Entertainment software Ratings Board revoked the game’s “Mature” rating and raised it to “Adults Only.”
Hewlett-Packard says it would cut 14,500 jobs or 10% of its workforce.
MySpace.com a popular place for teens and young hip adults, is going to be purchased by Rupert Murdock’s News Corp. The deal is worth $580 million and the seller is Intermix Media Inx.
Technology research firm Yankee Group forecasts that digital audio player sales will top 33 million by year’s end, up from slightly more than 10 million 2004.
Radio news – July 15, 2005
Howard Stern reveals that comedian Adam Carolla and ex-rocker David Lee Roth will take over his morning show in Los Angeles, and New York respectively. Stern is counting the days before he moves to Sirius Satellite radio in January.
Don’t miss “The Jeff Foxworthy Countdown” which airs on more than 220 radio stations. Foxworthy also has written 13 books and has a deal for another, “The Redneck Dictionary,” due this fall. He also stars in and produces the WB series “Blue Collar TV.”
Music news – July 15, 2005
Ratings for CBS’ “Rock Star: INXS” are low and some fans are dismayed by the band’s decision to find a new lead singer on the program. Lead Michael Hutchence died of an apparent suicide in 1997 and the program seeks to replace him.
LL Cool J. aka James Todd Smith is going into movie production with LionsGate Films to produce movies to serve the underserved African American woman.
Usher (26) has opened a summer camp in his hometown of Atlanta for 150 campers ages 8 to 18. The camp honors their specialties – singing, dancing or basketball.
An article in the Detroit Free Press, citing colleagues and business associates suggests that Eminem will retire the Eminem persona and concentrate on discovering and producing other artists when the “Anger Management” tour concludes Sept. 17 in Ireland.
Television news – July 15, 2005
Brat Camp – the two-hour premiere of the unscripted series chronicling the experiences of nine out-of-control teens at an Oregon wilderness school, comes in at #4 in the overall ratings.
Fox News Channel announces that it has hired former CNN anchor Bill Hemmer as a weekday anchor and correspondent.
Debuting this week on TBS – “Minding the Store” which shows Pauly Shore trying to revive the fortunes of West Hollywood’s Comedy store, owned by his mother.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 15, 2005
CSI – 12.86
Baseball All-Star Game – 12.33
Without a Trace – 11.71
Brat Camp – 10.40
NCIS – 9.33
Law & Order SVU – 9.14
All-Star Pre-Game 9.05
Law & Order – 8.85
60 Minutes – 8.71
Big Brother 6 (Tues.) – 8.34
Law & Order: Criminal Intent – 8.14
Law & Order – 8.13
Cold Case – 7.93
Everybody Loves Raymond – 7.93
CSI: Miami – 7.90
Top music hits in Britain – July 15, 2005
Ghetto Gospel – 2 Pac Featuring Elton John
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
Crazy Chick – Charlotte Church
Axel F – Crazy Frog
Shot You Down – Audio Bullys and Nancy Sinatra
Top Country Music – July 15, 2005
As Good As I Once Was – Toby Keith
You’ll Be There – George Strait
Something More – Sugarland
Mississippi Girl – Faith Hill
Making Memories of us – Keith Urban
Play Something Country – Brooks & Dunn
Keg in the Closet – Kenny Chesney
Goodbye Time – Blake Shelton
Alcohol – Brad Paisley
Lot of Leavin’ left To Go – Dierks Bently
If Something Should Happen – Darryl Worley
Top Rap Music – July 15, 2005
Don’t Cha – The Pussycat Dolls
So Fresh – Miranda
In The Kitchen/Trapped in the Closet (Chapt 1 of 5) – R. Kelly
Big Wheels – Glass Joe Feat. Pretty Ricky
Modern Rock Music/Tracks – July 15, 2005
Beverly Hills – Weezer
Best of You – Foo Fighters
The Hand that Feeds – Nine Inch Hails
B.Y.O.B. – System of a Down
Speed of Sound – Coldplay
Feels Good Inc – Gorillaz
Top Pop/Hot Hits Music – July 15, 2005
We Belong Together – Mariah Carey
Don’t Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani
Just A Heart – 50 Cent
Inside Your Heaven – Bo Bice
Inside Your Heaven – Carrie Underwood
Don’t Phunk With My Heart – Black Eyed Peas
Don’t Cha – The Pussycat Dolls Feat. Busta Rhymes
Behind These Hazel Eyes – Kelly Clarkson
Pon De Replay – Rihanna
Lose Control – Missy Eliott Feat. Clara and Fat Man Scoop
Let Me Hold You – Bow Wow
Switch – Will Smith
Oh – Ciara Feat. Ludacris
Grind With Me – Little Ricky
Top Music Albums – July 15, 2005
Somewhere Down in Texas – George Straight
X&Y – Coldplay
The Emancipation of Mimi – Mariah Carey
Monkey Business – Black Eyed Peas
I’m a Hustla – Cassidy
In Your Honor – Foo Fighters
Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
Honkytonk University – Toby Keith
Love Angel Music Baby – Gwen Stefani
Mezmerize – System of a Down
Soulife – Anthony Hamilton
The Massacre – 50 Cent
Never Gone – Backstreet Boys
Be Here – Keith Urban
Boyz N Da Hood – Boyz N Da Hood
Who Is Mike Jones? – Mike Jones
The Offspring – Greatest Hits.